Over recent years there have been several Arabs, both Muslims and Christian Arabs originating from various countries such as Lebanon and Egypt and even from Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank), who have become prominent in the news because of their about-face from their initial hatred and condemnation, to absolute support of Israel and the Jewish People.
Names which come to mind, and some about whom I've written before in this blog include Brigitte Gabriel, Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish and recently Mosab Hassan Yousef of Son of Hamas fame, who grew up in Ramallah and whose father was a founding leader of Hamas.
Some of these brave individuals have renounced Islam and converted to Christianity, while others have kept their faith but condemned Islam's lies, obfuscation of the issues and unequivocal hatred of and blame of Israel for all the problems in the Middle East.
I have just learned of another such hero, a Muslim, who has reversed the anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist ideology in which he was indoctrinated from his youth to being not only an ardent Zionist, but also a challenger of Jews to 'wake up and smell the hummus,' --to face the truth about the Arabs' hatred of and lies about Israel, and instead, see the truth: Israel's goodness and the Jewish People's right to the Land (hat tip Daled Amos).
His name is Kasim Hafeez, his nationality is British (his family is originally from Pakistan), and he is running an almost one-man campaign to get the Jews to step out of their cowardice. Yes, their cowardice, in their attempt to be politically correct and support leftist, anti-Israel and anti-Jewish causes. In his article in The Jewish Chronicle of October 7, 2011, he wrote about the Union of Jewish Students:
In 2003, Pakistan's then President Pervez Musharaff sought to re-examine his country's relationship, or lack thereof, with Israel. He asked: "Do we have to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves?"The turning point in Mr. Hafeez's thinking came when he read Alan Dershowitz's book, The Case for Israel. After reading it, his beliefs were shaken to the core. He decided to visit Israel for the first time and see what its society and values were all about. What he discovered, was that everything he had learned in his youth, was a lie:
With their new "Liberation" campaign, it seems that the Union Of Jewish Students has decided to answer that question with a resounding "yes".
Rather than being a brave move forwards for UJS, it is a hollow and cynical campaign that smacks of extreme cowardice.
The reality is that there is real anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling on British university campuses. How do I know this? Because until recently I was antisemitic and anti-Israel. Until recently, I was the one doing the hating.
I decided to visit Israel to find the truth. I was confronted by synagogues, mosques and churches, by Jews and Arabs living together, by minorities playing huge parts in all areas of Israeli life, from the military to the judiciary. It was shocking and eye-opening. This wasn't the evil Zionist Israel that I had been told about.This does not only apply to British society, but can apply to the United States as well. As Jews, we need to see through the veil of lies about Israel and our own people, no matter where they are spewed, and stand up publicly for the Jewish Homeland.
After much soul searching, I knew what I had once believed was wrong. I had to stand with Israel, with this tiny nation, free, democratic, making huge strides in medicine, research and development, yet the victim of the same lies and hatred that nearly consumed me.As an outsider, I ask why so many in the Jewish community are closing their eyes to the constant stream of anti-Israel hated spewed out from all facets of British society.
Here's just a little video reminder about the lies that have been perpetrated about the so-called "West Bank," and the truth--as narrated in this video by Danny Ayalon (so, wake up and smell the hummus, people):